Extremely Rare Lacquer Box
A very rare mother-of-pearl and gold foil inlaid lacquer box.
Early Qing dynasty, ca. 17th
Size 40,5x22x23 cm.
Provenance: Old distinguish Dutch private collection, acquired in 1990’s.
This splendid polychrome box represent the best of its kind in the 17th century, when this art form reached its pinnacle. The motif on the cover of the box depicts a scene of “Zhua Zhou” with a baby placed in the centre of a large square table. “Zhua Zhou” is a time-honoured Chinese tradition that tries to predict the child’s future by asking it to choose one of several symbolic items on its first birthday. In this case the baby picks a mini halberd, representing a general, instead of brushes (scholar) and an abacus (economist) amongst others. The parents and the other family members are looking on, apparently pleased, as becoming a general was the main ambition of a man during the early Qing period.
Though a popular tradition, “Zhua Zhou” was seldom portrayed, which also makes this box very rare and special.
The front side of the box shows a popular scene of “ladies and children playing in a garden”. The two sides feature rocks and flowers. The box is lacquered red inside and is complete with a sheep-hide tray. All the metalware has survived in perfect condition.
It will be professionally packed and safely send in a wooden crate by FedEx.
Buyers are responsible for import regulation and restrictions of their own country
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